At this my fifth anniversary on the Board of Education, including the past one as its President, major investments by our District are paying off in spades, for the good of our children and indeed the community generally.

Over the last several years our District has imagined, planned, and executed on physical projects totaling nearly $20 million including major renovations at Jefferson and Franklin elementary schools, new science labs and auditorium renovations at the Middle School, and security enhancements.

But, investing is more than just bricks and mortar. Investing in educators and enhanced curriculum is even more important.

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These investments are paying off. We have recently been ranked the 12th best public high school in New Jersey, 50th nationally in STEM., and #9 for athletics among public NJ high schools.

I am proud we have achieved our records in a most fiscally responsible way. All spending decisions are carefully analyzed to consider the impact on the taxpayer or the programs that might have to be cut to free up resources, or both. To allow Summit to become less affordable is irresponsible to our seniors, our young families, actually to all.  The less affordable Summit becomes, the less diverse we can be.

I am optimistic going forward, and very excited about our new leadership team and new Board of Ed member Donna Miller.

David Dietze is the Republican candidate for Summit Common Council, At-Large.